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Nestle Nigeria gains momentum as Q1 sales surge 69%

Nestle Nigeria Plc, appears to have the worse behind it as first quarter results showed a 69% increase in sales to N61bn, from N36bn in the same period last year.

The company which makes Milo, Nescafé coffee, among others saw a 32% jump in gross profit despite a skyrocketing cost of sales, which grew 105% to N38bn, from N18bn, fueled by inflation and a weakened naira.

Champion Breweries suffers profit decline in Q1 despite sales growth

Champion Breweries Plc, said on Thursday that first quarter revenue (Jan – Mar 2017) grew 27% to N1.1bn, up from N872m in 2016.

Despite the sales growth, the firm which is Heineken controlled said that net profit fell 31% to nearly N40bn due to higher production costs caused by inflation and a weakened naira.

Cost of sales rose 46.2% in the period to N886m, from N606m in the previous year.

Cadbury returns to profitability, posts N93m profit

Cadbury Nigeria Plc, the maker of Bournvita on Tuesday reported a 13% growth in revenue in its first quarter 2017 results. Sales climbed to N8bn from N7bn in the previous year.

The company which had posted back-to-back losses in the past two quarters due to declining sales caused by a weakened economy and competition declared N93m in net profit, albeit a drop of 86% when compared to last year’s N673m.

South Africa’s Distell acquires 75% stake in Cruz vodka

South African wine and spirits producer Distell Group announced on Monday it had acquired a 75% stake in Cruz Vodka from Blue Sky Brand Company, a South African family owned firm with the global rights to distribute the brand.

Distell did not disclose how much it paid for the brand except to say that it is the “fastest growing luxury imported vodka in South Africa”. The firm added that premium-vodka category was one of the fastest growing spirits categories in South Africa and that it was expected to continue growing strongly.

Distell is known for its cider brands, Savanna and Hunter’s Dry as well as Amarula liqueur, among others.

Guinness Nigeria stung by currency woes as firm declares fourth consecutive loss

Guinness Nigeria Plc on Wednesday reported a strong revenue growth of 29% to ₦90bn in the 9-months to 31 March 2017, up from ₦70bn in the previous year.

However, the company was stung by an inflationary environment and continuing currency devaluation which drove up the cost of goods sold by 47% to ₦60bn. A higher net finance cost that rose 177% to ₦6.7bn due to unrealized foreign exchange loss added to the brewer’s woes

PepsiCo’s earnings boosted by higher prices, healthier drinks and snacks

PepsiCo received a strong boost in earnings as higher prices helped lift first quarter results. The company best known for its Pepsi cola brand said that revenue grew 2% to $12bn in the first three months of the year, while profits jumped 41% to $1.32bn, from $931m in the previous year.

The soda giant said that there was a strong demand for its healthier drinks and snacks and it also kept a lid on costs as selling and administrative expenses fell 5% from the previous year’s period.

Nigerian Breweries seeks increase in local raw materials sourcing to improve earnings

Nigerian Breweries Plc, said it would ramp up efforts to source local raw materials as well as look for further improvements in its sorghum value-chain as a way of lessening the impact of foreign exchange challenges it faced during the 2016 financial year.

The country’s largest brewer added that it would be consolidating its earnings and profitability through improved market penetration with its innovative products, noting that it would carefully look at its price adjustment mechanism to ensure a balance in the management of input costs and price consumers are willing to pay for its products.

Coca-Cola suffers sales and profit slump in Q1 on refranchising costs, headwinds

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola said on Tuesday that revenue for the first quarter ending on March 31, 2017 fell 11% to $9.1bn, while profit dropped 20% to $1.18bn. The poor performance was blamed on headwinds related to acquisitions, divestitures and costs associated with the ongoing North American bottling refranchising programme, as well as foreign exchange headwinds.

Strong growth in the US and Europe lift Pernod Ricard’s YTD sales

Pernod Ricard, the world’s second-biggest spirits maker on Thursday reported a revenue growth of 3% for the first 9-months of its 2016/17 financial year.

The company behind such brands as Absolut vodka, Jameson Irish Whisky and Martell cognac said that sales for the 9-months ending March 31 reached €7.04bn, from €6.8bn in the same period last year. The third quarter alone saw a 3% rise in sales to €1.987bn ($2.13bn). The spirits maker said that sales were driven by a 7% growth in the Americas, with the United States accounting for 5% of the growth. Brands such as Jameson Irish Whisky, Martell cognac and Altos tequila recorded double-digit sales growth, although, it notes that its Absolut vodka brand was in decline in the United States but there was a strong reception for Absolut Lime in that country.

Governor El-Rufai lauds Nigerian Breweries for its economic and social support in Kaduna State

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, has commended the Nigerian Breweries Plc for its role in the economic development of the state, noting that the brewer is the largest tax payer in Kaduna.

The governor who was at the recently concluded Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KadInvest 2.0) had stopped by Nigerian Breweries stand, and said that the brewer plays a big role in the state as far as investment and economic development are concerned and remains a concrete testimony of the friendly business and investment environment the state is promoting.